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Recipe box: lentils

LentilsLike all beans and legumes, lentils are an excellent source of vegetarian protein. Unlike the others, lentils do not need to be soaked before cooking, so they are quick and easy to prepare – and delicious to boot.

Lentils come in a variety of colors and are found in all kinds of vegetarian recipes, from soups and salads to loaves and lasagnas.

Lentils can be used in place of beans and chickpeas in most recipes.

Couscous Salad

A mix of Israeli couscous, lentils, bell peppers, dates, and mint makes a subtle, refreshing salad.

Curried Lentil Stew

Curried lentil stewA spicy stew of lentils, carrots, peas, and coconut milk.

Dal

Dal is the Indian term for lentils, and in cooking refers to any of the many Indian dishes made with lentils. There are many variations ranging from simple to complex; this recipe is on the easy side.

French Lentil Salad

French green lentil saladLentilles du Puy are small and dark green, with an earthy flavor. Unlike other kinds of lentils, French green lentils hold their shape – though not their color – when cooked.

How to Soak and Cook Beans and Legumes

Soaked chick peasBeans and legumes are an excellent source of vegetarian protein and a staple of many vegetarian diets. The drawback is that they take a long time to prepare, but once you know the techniques, you’ll find it’s not difficult at all.

Jambalaya

This traditional stew from New Orleans is meat-based, but this vegetarian version leaves nothing to be desired.

Kosherie

KosherieKosherie is an Egyptian dish of spicy lentils, rice, pasta, and fried onions. You have to cook each of these elements simultaneously, but each one is fairly simple.

Lentil Feta Walnut Salad

Lentil feta walnut saladAn easy recipe for a delicious and protein-packed salad.

Lentil Loaf

Vegetarian meatloafA healthy, delicious veggie "meat"loaf made with lentils.

 
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